Johnny Hester is a native of Walker County Alabama and is from a preaching family. His father, S. F. Hester, was a gospel preacher and author of the book Words of Wisdom. Clora Lee (Price), his mother, taught elementary school for a short time before becoming “Mrs. Hester” and the fulltime teacher of Michael Rae (Dot), Guy Ferrell, Benny Wayne, Giles Wade and Johnny Price. All the boys followed in their father’s footsteps and became gospel preachers. He attended the Gus Nichols School of Preaching along with his father and brothers. In 1967 he married Linda White, his high school sweetheart. They have three grown children: Angela Deeter, John, and Heather.
Johnny received his foundational training studying with his father. He received his formal academic education at Freed-Hardeman University, Southeastern Biblical Institute, and Southern Christian University. He holds an M.A.R. with specialization in Pastoral Counseling. He has held certification by the American Association of Christian Counselors since 1995. He is a member of The American Christian Leadership Council and was listed in the 1989 Edition of Who’s Who in American Christian Leadership.
In 1970 Johnny began preaching fulltime for the Oakwood congregation in Clarksville, Tennessee. Since that time he has served churches in Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas and Mississippi. In 1982 he and his family moved to southeast Missouri to serve the church in Kennett. Johnny has served as preaching minister for the Shady Acres congregation since 1993.
Patrick Hogan began working with the Shady Acres congregation in December, 1985.
Patrick grew up in West Memphis, Arkansas. He began preaching while a student at Freed-Hardeman University. He has worked with congregations in Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri, and Illinois. He graduated from Freed-Hardeman University, Harding University, and Harding Graduate School of Religion.
He and his wife Teresa have two children: Emily and Ryan who live in Nashville, Tennessee.